Pair of glass and mirrored Table Centre from Althorp with 14 candle branches

Pair of glass and mirrored Table Centre from Althorp with 14 candle branches

Pair of glass and mirrored Table Centre from Althorp with 14 candle branches

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Pair of glass and mirrored Table Centre from Althorp with 14 candle branches:
each group of candle branches raised on four glass pillars; joined with three large glass arches surmounted by a trumpet vase and scrolls; dressed with chains and festoons of glass ball pendants and star rosettes; the round ended rectangular base with mirrored flower troughs, removable liners and two central circular medallions bearing the Spencer family crest; with plaques showing Victorian diamond shaped Registration Marks for March 1868 and Phillips & Pearce, 155 New Bond Street (London).

Provenance: Althorp, Northamptonshire. Bought by John Poyntz, 5th Earl Spencer, ‘The Red Earl’, and photographed at a grand banquet in the 1880s at Dublin Castle.

Height:55"-140.0cm
Width:93"-236.0cm
Projection:24½"-62.0cm
Glossary Words

cut glass

Often now referred to as 'crystal', the glass was blown and shaped, then passed to a specialist cutter, who would polish and cut patterns to enhance its brilliance.
Further Information
Details include the maker's mark from a Zinc mine, 'Vieille Montagne' in Kelmis (La Calamine), a town in Belgium between Liege and Aachen. The mine's name is French for 'Old Mountain'. First opened in 1805, and continued in operation until the end of the 19th Century. The company also had mines in a village called Nenhead, Cumbria.

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